For some, being in a discipleship relationship seems daunting. I remember thinking that if I discipled or mentored someone I really needed to have my act together. On the other hand, I thought if I was "discipled" by someone then I needed to share all my dirt and I wasn't so sure I was ready … Continue reading Three Elements of a “Discipleship Time” (How to use this time)
Let's get this out there-- some people are just plain difficult for me to love. I hate to admit it, but I have even prayed for them to "go away." And I have actually seen this flippant, callous prayer request seem to be "answered!" Yet, soon I find this person is replaced by another. I … Continue reading Loving Those in My Life Who Are Difficult to Love
I like windows. (Stick with me for a minute and you will see how this applies right now!) Windows come in all sorts of shapes, styles and sizes. I especially like old wooden windows, with small panes, for they have character, and a story to tell. To me, windows speak of possibilities. You never know … Continue reading Looking Outward
Recently, I sat on a porch with five young women as I lead us in a retreat to really retreat. You know, to get away and be refreshed, not just to get away only to return home more tired than when you left. No, not that kind of retreat. I wanted the time to pour … Continue reading Four Timeless Things to Keep Coming Back to
Part 3 of "What is on focus for the summer?"-- Summer. Each one looks different. One summer I worked at a dry cleaners, until I was held up at gun point. My parents told me I had to quit. There was a summer that I was hot, uncomfortable and pregnant. I sat in the shallow end … Continue reading Why Love in Work Matters
Part 2 of, "What is on focus for this summer?"-- I love so many things. A lot of them are pretty good things, or neutral things. I love my husband (He is happy about that!), my boys, my family and friends. I love good coffee, period dramas, being outside, flowers growing, an easy bike-ride, … Continue reading What am I lovin’? Turning the Love Around.
I had a picture in my mind of the church, not of a particular church. Well, it was more a picture of how the church might be experienced— experienced from outside. In my mind there were tall, impenetrable walls. There were no little cracks or crevices in it— no, not cracks, just strong, stout walls. … Continue reading A Fortress or a Church?
How do you feel when you stop, really stop, and realize you have taken someone or something for granted— a relationship, a job, education, or even just food on the table? I don’t like it when I come to this place. Its value, influence or proper place in my life was lost. Some things are … Continue reading Red, White, and Reconciled
What is the most shaping thing about you? What gives you your identity? Our identification speaks for us. ID Please: “Identification?” This is what I hear when traveling overseas. Really, I am being asked, “What country is your home? Where is the proof?” Or, “What is your identity?” For my international friends seeking to stay … Continue reading A Changed Identity Changing Everything
It is obvious which holiday is quickly approaching, for the red and pink cards in the seasonal greeting card section remind all shoppers of the latest sentiment to give. The hearts of chocolates are enticing me to buy a little something for myself. Soon the tents with flowers and stuffed bears will arrive in grocery … Continue reading Better than Chocolate: the Gifts that Keep on Giving